My Kawaii Festival

12 Feb

My Kawaii Festival
25/SEP/2009 on air

What is your kawaii? Which one of the ranked items do you like most?

Over 5000 items of “my kawaii” photos have been sent to Tokyo Kawaii TV. Some of them are introduced at the end of every episode. They are basically hand-made cuteness such as Charaben, deco nail, sweets accessories, cute face masks, or under pants.

Kuji-san is a buyer to Tokyu Hands, who joins Mr. Ikki, Beni-chan, and Kubo-san, a ptissier to evaluate my kawaii items as an advisor.

My Kawaii surprising ranking ~!

No.9: Felt-made rabbit by Imai-san.
She has made over 100 pieces of animal toys from felt. It’s only that she keeps pinpricking for a couple of hours. She shows how she make a panda with 4 small black balled felt over a handful white felt. She was into this felt work 4 years ago, and her works became popular once she uploaded them onto her blog. Some of them are purchased from a zakka store in Tokyo. (I know this store! It’s in Marui One!) The most popular one is alpaca. But it needs 3 hours of constant pinpricking work!

No.8: Bony chops amigurumi by Miyagawa-san.
It’s been 1 year since she started crocheting. She likes to make whatever appears on her mind. Imagining Mr. Ikki, who is known as “Mr. erotic baron”, she made a boob.

No.7: Extra mini bento by Hisamoto-san.
Hisamoto-san is a 54 years old man. He used to work as an engineer for trains, but 10 years ago he retired from it and became an illustrator. Since then small world has been the theme of his works. This bento is 1/4 of normal size. Each ingredients are small but it has good taste!

No.6: Diorama cell phone by Michisawa-san.
It’s simple. Cut off the green that is usually used for model railroad. Put cows on it. “There are many decoden designed for women, but none for men.” says Michisawa-san. In fact, cool designed cell phones are hot.

No.5: Hime room by hina sama.
Hina sama is a housewife. She quit her job on her marriage to her husband. Since then, she keeps making kawaii hime goods all day long. Now she makes business from hime goods she makes. She has monthly sales of 500,000 yen (USD5000) today. Some people find her from her blog. This German girl for example came over all the way from Europe only to buy hime mules and a couple of other items from her. There’s a sponsor company that tries to have her hime goods sold overseas.

No.4: Felt cake by girls living in Miyakojima island
They prepare paint color, sponge, and starch glue to make fake cake and sweets.
Unlike Tokyo, there are items they can hardly find in Miyakojima.

No.3: Decorated contact lenses case by an eye clinic nurses.
Nurses gather in a room and make deco case for contact lenses. They have done this at lunch break everyday and have already made over 1000 deco cases. What for? To please kids and patients!

No.2: Recycled socks monkey by employees who belong to an IT company.
This company has over 120 types of clubs. Most popular one is handicraft. There are more unique clubs such as bento club and Majikara club. (maji de karaoke: 1 person per room to practice karaoke!) Why these club activities at work? “We spend a lot more time at work than at home. If we get closer to coworkers by doing something together, that’ll be good.” says the C.E.O of the company.

No.1: Glass eggs by a couple
Making a glass horse everyday is important to stay skilled.
The couple makes glass-made foods that have similar texture to the real things.

Kirin’s opinion:
I like No.9 felt animals! Even if it’s only pinpricking, it’s going to be a hard work when she has to keep doing that for hours! Kudos to her perseverance!! I’d feel sick if I were surrounded by the hime pink, pink, all over pink world, but she must be happy as she can make a business from what she truely loves! That’s the coolest thing and very ideal way of life to me.

***There are archives of episodes listed under the page titled “Tokyo Kawaii TV” that is just located under the title banner of this blog.

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4 Responses to “My Kawaii Festival”

  1. Emily February 12, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! The multi-colors and cuteness of Kawaii culture inspire me!! The felted animals were SUPER cute and the dish-like sweets and food were cool 🙂

    I'm currently working on some fun-cute Kawaii stuff myself ^ u ^

    Love your blog keep up the fabulous work!

    • kirin February 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

      Thank you~! It's cool you make something kawaii by yourself! That's nice! ^ ^

  2. walter February 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    The felt animals are very cute. Who can resist a baby animal anyway ? But 4 hours of stabbing to make a large animal. That has to damage your wrist.
    It's an interesting technique though.
    Thanks for posting.

    • kirin February 15, 2010 at 10:14 am #

      Right. It's a hard work I will get bored so soon! LOL

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